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  • m0thr4 23 Aug 2009 19:28:35 787 posts
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    I have zero sympathy for retailers. As someone else pointed out above, they've been on borrowed time for a while now.

    They've spent the last 20 years ripping off both consumers and game publishers with their second hand sales, and now, just like the music and movies industries, instead of investing in coming up with ways to work with this new way of buying products, they've decided to resort to bullying tactics.

    Well, good riddance to them and all other retailers with such a narrow-minded approach.

    However, I do worry about how I'm going to play all my downloaded games on the next Xbox/PS3/Wii. Will I be able to transfer or re-download them easily? Who can tell?
  • Derblington 23 Aug 2009 19:30:19 21,354 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    Can you buy these games with MS points? I thought we were supposed to be able to? If we can how many points are they?
    Press 'y' to change the price to points. 2400.
  • HoriZon 23 Aug 2009 19:30:36 13,498 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    Can you buy these games with MS points? I thought we were supposed to be able to? If we can how many points are they?

    Yes press Y on the pay screen it swaps to points.

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • SomaticSense 23 Aug 2009 22:35:18 8,002 posts
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    Ahh, so that's why they don't use real monetary values on the Marketplace. It's because of gullible fools like me.

    2400 points doesn't actually sound that bad, whereas £19.99 sounds like a complete rip-off. Clever fuckers.
  • Retroid Moderator 23 Aug 2009 22:37:35 44,503 posts
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    You can get points discounted, though.

    ^______^
  • Syrette 23 Aug 2009 22:39:15 43,127 posts
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    Indeed, if I managed to win loads of points on 1 vs 100 I'd probably put them towards a Games on Demand title.

  • MrSnotbail 26 Aug 2009 15:58:30 18 posts
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    what I love about downloadable games: I don't have to pop in the disc to play / I don't have to get up and change disc when changing from one game session to another - very convenient :)

    what I hate about MS GoD: really, really, really, I mean, come on!!! really ridiculous price-policy

    never ever shall I buy anything from this service under current conditions.
  • Laws 26 Aug 2009 16:31:12 91 posts
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    Considering i bought fight night round 4 for £25 the week of release (or there abouts) i think its safe to say unless MS sell games for similar prices retailers will be doing alright.
  • millerlfc 5 Sep 2009 17:18:20 369 posts
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    Anyone know how well these are selling? I'm half-tempted by a few - but the price keeps putting me off (if they were ever the Deal of the Week that might change).
  • kentmonkey 5 Sep 2009 17:22:47 20,456 posts
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    In most cases they'd have to have between 60%-75% off to even make them as cheap as their retail, new, counterparts. I'd like to think that they aren't selling well, as it's the only way developers/publishers/others will learn. But there are so many fucking morons on XBOX Live that I bet they've sold plenty.
  • SomaticSense 5 Sep 2009 17:35:25 8,002 posts
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    I can imagine a few people (maybe a couple of thousand) buying one or maybe two, but I can't really see anyone buying any more than that, let alone use it as a source for their game buying habits.

    I bought one game (VP:TiP), but unless the prices are drastically cut to or below retail levels (just not gonna happen for reasons outlined previously in the thread) then there is no way. Reason being is if it was a game I was genuinely interested in I'd have bought it on or near release (none of the GoD games are less than a year old).

    GoD would be perfect for people buying games that they were never sure of and as such avoided in the first place, but £19.99 is just way too expensive to lure them to a purchase, it is in no way a substitute. Drop the prices by tenner, and it's falls perfectly into those kind of bargains you sometimes see occasionally on websites like Play where you are lured into trying something new just because it's cheap.

    For those reasons, and also because I wouldn't want a precedent to be set for a download-only future, I really hope they aren't selling that well.
  • millerlfc 6 Sep 2009 19:03:54 369 posts
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    I only got my 360 recently and it's mostly getting used for multiplayer between me and my flatmate (Left 4 Dead, Lego Indiana Jones, Pro Evo) although I've been playing Dead Rising single player as well. It's a testament to how lazy we are there's always a shout of "shotgun not" when we want to change to a different game. Was looking forward to be being able to just download games like Gears of War, Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed etc so I don't have to get up from the sofa when I wanted to change the disk! But I can't justify £20 when I can get a physical copy of most of them for £10 with cashback from quidco. Lego Star Wars is the only one that's reasonable value, but I think I've had enough Lego for now with Indiana Jones.
  • Collymilad 6 Sep 2009 20:02:33 1,266 posts
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    Yeah I'd agree with that. Lego Star Wars is ok value but I'd add VP:TiP to that list.
  • spookyzombie 6 Sep 2009 20:13:41 842 posts
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    Collymilad wrote:
    Yeah I'd agree with that. Lego Star Wars is ok value but I'd add VP:TiP to that list.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5668746/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CVideo+games%7C14419738/c_2/2%7Ccat_14419738%7CClearance+Video+games%7C14521085.htm

    That's better value.
  • ricki306 8 Sep 2009 14:16:39 343 posts
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    Random question time...
    If I got the American Idol game from the US marketplace using US points, would it work?
    Have a few house parties coming up and people are bored of Lips!
  • Juninho 10 Sep 2009 09:12:08 1,825 posts
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    I'd be interested in downloading more Games on Demand, but as a 20gb HD owner I'm not able to. A 120gb costing £90 isn't helping MS fleece me for digital downloads - they need to sort that out.
  • RedSparrows 10 Sep 2009 10:58:06 22,104 posts
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    Aye, it's odd that their HDDs are still so pricey given they really like to push DLC/DL games.
  • LFMartins 10 Sep 2009 10:59:50 5,704 posts
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    ricki306 wrote:
    Random question time...
    If I got the American Idol game from the US marketplace using US points, would it work?
    Have a few house parties coming up and people are bored of Lips!

    Late answer but here it goes. It wouldn“t work, Games on Demand are region locked.
  • Scurrminator 10 Sep 2009 11:21:23 8,387 posts
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    ricki306 wrote:
    Random question time...
    If I got the American Idol game from the US marketplace using US points, would it work?
    Have a few house parties coming up and people are bored of Lips!

    region locked, as is the disc for this game - i worked on it!

    You dare to strike Scurrcules!?

  • kipper 10 Sep 2009 11:24:51 181 posts
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    Juninho wrote:
    I'd be interested in downloading more Games on Demand, but as a 20gb HD owner I'm not able to. A 120gb costing £90 isn't helping MS fleece me for digital downloads - they need to sort that out.

    I've got a 20GB hard drive too. A 250Gb Xbox is looking likely, so just keep waiting.

    http://kotaku.com/5348188/250gb-xbox-360-looking-more-likely

    Lets just hope buying the seperate hard disk isn't silly money.

    Gamertag: Brit anime fan

  • ricki306 10 Sep 2009 23:06:49 343 posts
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    Cheers for the answer LFMartins & Scurrminator. Looks like I'll have to wait for the new Lips then!
  • AaronTurner 15 Sep 2009 13:35:12 7,602 posts
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    Have they stopped using points for the games now?
  • Peew971 15 Sep 2009 14:02:55 4,703 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    Have they stopped using points for the games now?
    It's been said plenty of times, when you're ready to buy you can just press Y to switch between points and real money.
  • AaronTurner 15 Sep 2009 14:45:31 7,602 posts
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    I did that, it doesn't work.
  • Peew971 15 Sep 2009 16:20:59 4,703 posts
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    It has to be just before you confirm the download, the option should appear at the bottom of your screen (although I haven't visited that space since it first launched).

    By the way, why does the US Marketplace get twice as many games? What's the reasoning behing it?
  • wayneh 15 Sep 2009 23:11:58 2,289 posts
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    Microsoft don't need a reason, it's just the way it is get used to it!

    Act like a dumbshit and they will treat you as an equal

  • Deleted user 15 September 2009 23:14:37
    Points are cheaper than real money.
  • millerlfc 16 Sep 2009 11:17:15 369 posts
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    boabg wrote:
    Points are cheaper than real money.
    My cats's breath smells like cat food.
  • Johnhost 17 Sep 2009 22:56:20 55 posts
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    GoD isn't going to be the cheapest nor the only way to buy games for some time. And £20.00 for games like Mass Effect which only released in 2008 for £40.00 isn't that bad. But at the end of the day Microsoft is preparing for the day when brand new released titles will be released same day on digital like PC games.

    But if you want to see where most people are forking out money is in XBLA. If you think about games like Battlefield 1943 selling over a million @ £10 each that is very good profit. Also games like shadow complex. I think XBLA is becoming a backdoor for retail quality games to be released incrementally or with smaller episodes like Wallace & Grommit. We are buying games for cheeper but more often.

    Digital Distribution is the future and that guy over there at GAME and their crowded store is the past.
  • SomaticSense 18 Sep 2009 20:35:29 8,002 posts
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    For the record, Mass Effect was released in 2007. And £20 certainly IS bad when looked at relatively to the price it's going in pretty much every major online store in the UK.
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